- Approval enables process to pursue a transaction structure involving the sale of certain mCloud and AssetCare assets resulting in the separation of mCloud's business in two standalone parts: one part to focus on AssetCare and a second to independently focus on NGRAIN-related business
- An asset sale under this transaction structure would include the divestment of assets, certain legal entities, and global strategic agreements associated with AssetCare-related business for embedded AI-powered sustainability applications, with cash proceeds being used for payment of current mCloud obligations
- Such an asset sale would also leave the wholly owned subsidiary NGRAIN and its highly regulated defense business with the current public company
- Transaction structure aimed at maximizing shareholder value and expediting the Company's Strategic Process
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ - mCloud Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: MCLD) (TSXV: MCLD) ("mCloud" or the "Company") a provider of cloud technology solutions optimizing the performance, reliability and sustainability of energy-intensive assets today announced the Company's special committee, composed of independent members of mCloud's Board of Directors (the "Special Committee"), in consultation with financial advisor ATB Capital Markets Inc. ("ATB"), approved the process of pursuing the separation of the Company with the intention of maximizing value and facilitating progress on the Company's exploration of strategic alternatives, originally announced on March 29, 2023 (the Company's "Strategic Process").
This approval from the Special Committee enables the pursuit of a potential transaction involving the sale of mCloud's broader industrial and commercial business, including assets, certain legal entities, and global strategic agreements attributable to AssetCare for embedded AI-powered sustainability applications while keeping all business activities subject to military, defense, and aerospace regulations in mCloud under its wholly owned subsidiary, NGRAIN (Canada) Corporation ("NGRAIN").
NGRAIN is an aerospace and defense technology company mCloud acquired in 2018. This structure would enable NGRAIN to remain focused on its highly regulated defense business on a standalone basis and would fully retain the aerospace and defense revenues attributable to its business. These revenues include long-standing, multi-year engagements with high profile customers.
This separation process is expected to enable maximum shareholder value in a potential transaction. Cash proceeds from the asset sale would be used for payment of current obligations of the Company. The Company intends to complete all necessary requirements to maintain compliance with requirements for public listing, including the completion of an audit for the financial year ended December 31, 2022.
In parallel, the Special Committee continues to investigate other potential transactions involving the entire business, including a sale of mCloud or the recapitalization of the Company. There can be no assurances that any contemplated transaction will be completed or that any successful transaction will result from the Strategic Process. Any potential transaction would remain subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all necessary regulatory and stock exchange approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
As a general update on the Strategic Process, the Company today indicated it is currently working with various parties interested in the transaction structure announced today. Since the Company has not raised any new capital since its last update on the Strategic Process on May 23, 2023, the Company continues to closely manage its limited financial resources and continues to work closely with stakeholders on its current obligations, including secured creditors, to ensure mCloud remains compliant with approved waivers and extensions from its lenders.
About mCloud Technologies Corp.
mCloud is unlocking the untapped potential of energy-intensive assets with cloud-based solutions that curb energy waste, maximize energy production, eliminate harmful emissions, and get the most out of critical energy infrastructure. Through mCloud's portfolio of AssetCare® solutions, mCloud enables asset owners and operators in energy- and asset-intensive industries such as oil and gas, wind, and commercial facilities to use cloud-based digital twins, AI, and analytics to optimize asset performance, reliability, and sustainability. mCloud has a worldwide presence with offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. mCloud's common shares trade in the United States on Nasdaq and in Canada on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol MCLD. Visit mcloudcorp.com to learn more.
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This press release contains certain "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company's beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company's control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken", "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved". The forward-looking information contained herein includes information concerning NGRAIN, the expected shareholder value from any proposed transaction involving the separation of the Company's business activities, the timing of any potential transaction, and the timing of payments for current obligations.
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